Assumptions that Can Hurt Your Social Security Disability Claim

You’ve worked long and hard contributed to the Social Security Disability system and now your doctor has told you that you are unable to work. Simply assuming that because your doctor told you that you are disabled you will get your Social Security Disability benefits is a crucial mistake that many applicants make.

It’s important that you understand the five step sequential evaluation that the Social Security Administration uses for all Social Security claims.

The Social Security Administration is going to determine if you qualify for SSDI:

  • Determine if an individual is working (engaged in substantial activity) according to the Social Security evaluation. If you are earning more than $10,010 per month as an employee, you will be disqualified from receiving Social Security Disability benefits.
  • Your ability to perform basic work activities such as walking, standing, sitting lifting, pushing, pulling, or understanding, carrying out or remembering simple instructions.
  • Your medical condition must be severe enough to significantly limit:
  • Meet a medical listing under the categories of impairments. Most people simply don’t meet a medical listing and as a result, the five step sequential evaluation moves on to steps four and five of the five step sequential evaluation.
  • Determine whether or not you can perform the work that you have done in the past despite your disease. If Social Security finds that you can do your past work, your benefits will be denied. If you can’t do your past relevant work then the process will proceed to the fifth and final step.
  • Review of your age, education, work experience and physical/mental condition to determine whether or not there is other work, if any, you can perform.

The Social Security Administration may use the medical vocational rules, the grids, which vary according to age. As you can see, simply because your physician says that you are disabled won’t result in being automatically approved for your Social Security Disability claim.

Need Help With Your Social Security Disability Claim?

You can learn more about the Social Security Disability claims process and get assistance in completing your initial application for Social Security benefits in the Tampa Bay area by contact Social Security Disability attorney Nancy Cavey who can be reached at 727.894.3188 for a complimentary consultation.

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